Michael Joshin Thiele has led the creation of honeybee sanctuaries and refuges for over twenty years. He founded Apis Arborea and offers workshops and trainings in apiculture practice in the U.S. and internationally.
Michael’s pioneering approach to apiculture as a platform for global renewal has appeared in national and international magazines, books and films. He has presented his work at Harvard University, consulted for the USDA and developed the organization Gaia Bees to advance biodynamic practices in apiculture.
Michael was born and educated in Germany. He lives with his family, and an infinity of bees, in the oak woodlands of Northern California.
Daniel Church is an Arborist and Zeidler from the Monterey Bay. Through his work with trees, he has developed a relationship with bees in their natural environment. He is working to draw more attention and appreciation toward Apis Arborea to help facilitate their health and safety.
Originally from Germany, Pepa Reimann is a creative director and designer with a passion for branding, design and visual language. She helps organizations and individuals launch, rejuvenate and expand their brands in meaningful ways. Sharing her design experience to brand and launch Apis Arborea is her contribution to support and protecting honeybees.
Cameron Nielsen’s is a documentary filmmaker. His journey with bees started from a young age under the mentorship of Michael Thiele. He explores the question, “how can you engage people with the importance of honeybees?” through interdisciplinary perspectives on ecology and communication. During his undergraduate studies at Quest University Canada he created a short documentary, The Good of the Hive. The documentary tells the story of a mural initiative that is painting 50,000 honeybees – the number of bees in a healthy hive, in murals around the world.
Raised in Vermont Gus is a farmer interested in using his background in ecology and botany to blur the borders between farming and nature. Bees and their potential as a vector for societal, personal and ecological growth have inspired Gus and are teaching him new ways of listening and participating in a community.